Bruno De Nicola is a cultural historian of the Middle East. His research interests include medieval and early modern history of Iran, Central Asia and Anatolia with a special emphasis on the history of the Mongol Empire, Persian historiography and Islamic manuscripts. His doctoral research explores the role of women in the Mongol Empire, by looking at the transformation of women’s social, political and economic status as the Mongols expanded westwards in the thirteenth century. The results of this research have been recently published as a monograph entitled Women in Mongol Iran: The Khātūns, 1206-1335 (Edinburgh University Press, 2017).
After concluding his PhD, he broadened his area of research to develop an interest in the application of Digital Humanities to the study of Islamic manuscripts, and became Project Curator of Persian Manuscripts at the British Library. Afterwards, he obtained a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of St. Andrews to take part the ERC funded project, “The Islamisation of Anatolia”. Since then, he has been working on literary patronage of Persian Literature in Iran and Anatolia, exploring the relationship between local rulers and the production of Persian Manuscripts in the medieval Persianate World. In September 2017, he has been awarded a Research Fellowship at the Institute of Iranian Studies (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna) where he will conduct research until August 2020.
2007-2011. PhD Middle Eastern History, Pembroke College (University of Cambridge).
2004-2006. MA Middle Eastern Studies, SOAS (University of London).
1999-2004. BA History, University of Barcelona.
Currently on Research Leave until 1st September 2020.
Recent and current research projects
2017-2020. ‘The Qutlughkhanids of Kerman (1222-1307)’ at the Austrian Academy of Sciences (Vienna, Austria).
2013-2016. ‘The Islamisation of Anatolia’ at the University of St. Andrews. Principal Investigator Professor Andrew Peacock. (ERC starting Grant 284076).
2011-2012. ‘Persian Manuscript Digitisation Project’ at the British Library. Project funded by the Iran Heritage foundation.
Recent Work/Selected Work
Women in Mongol Iran: The Khatuns, 1206-1335. (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2017).
“The Role of the Domestic Sphere in the Islamisation of the Mongols” in A.C.S Peacock (ed.), Islamisation: Comparative perspectives from History (Edinburg: Edinburg University Press, 2017), pp. 353-376.
[with Charles Melville] (eds). The Mongols’ Middle East: Continuity and Transformation in Ilkhanid Iran. (Leiden: Brill, 2016).
“The Queen of the Chaghataids: Orghīna Khātūn and the rule of Central Asia” Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society 26:1-2 (2016), pp. 107 – 120.
[with Andrew Peacock and Sara Nuer Yildiz[ (eds), Islam and Christianity in Medieval Anatolia (Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2015).
The ladies of Rūm: A hagiographic view on women in the 13th and 14th century Anatolia” Journal of Sufi Studies 3:2 (2014), pp. 132–156.
“Patrons or murids? Mongol women and shaykhs in Ilkhanid Iran and Anatolia” Iran: Journal of British Institute of Persian Studies 52 (2014), pp. 143-156.
“Ruling from tents: the existence and structure of women’ ordos in Ilkhanid Iran” In by R. Hillenbrand, A. Peacock and F. Abdullaeva (eds.), Ferdowsi, The Mongols and Iranian History: Art, Literature and Culture from Early Islam to Qajar Persia. (London: IB Tauris, 2013), pp. 116-136.